So, now that Tito Ortiz came up short in his bid to add Bellator’s light-heavyweight title to his resume, will the former UFC champ be back? It sounds like probably?
Ortiz took on champion Liam McGeary at Bellator’s “Dynamite” card last night, and was caught with a fight ending, inverted triangle-choke in the opening round. After the bout, the 40 year-old fighter, who has retired before, was asked about his future. Here is some of what Ortiz had to say (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m going to let my body heal a little bit,” said Ortiz, after relaying he plans to take a break. “I still love training. I want to be with my kids and my girlfriend Amber, and enjoy life, and win some fishing tournaments.”
So, based off those comments, it sounds like Ortiz will be back for at least one more fight. During the post-fight presser, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” also took this verbal swipe at his former employer:
“In the UFC at first, we were like a family, but then it turned corporate,” Ortiz said. “In Bellator, we’re family.”
If you’ve followed Ortiz over the last year or so, those comments about the UFC won’t come as a surprise.
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Ortiz. If he had won the title last night, then Ortiz may have been booked to fight Phil Davis, who took the light-heavyweight tourney (although Bellator could have Davis fight “King Mo” Lawal, who didn’t fight in the tourney finals due to injury). That didn’t happen, however, so considering where Ortiz’s career is at, one would think Bellator will look at booking more of a ‘fun fight’.
Maybe Ortiz will reconsider the rematch with Frank Shamrock? Which was reportedly tabled not long ago…